Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Heavy Vehicle Safety in Driver's Seat

Media Release

MM209/2018

07 November 2018

Funding applications for Round 4 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program are now open giving the green light to submissions on projects which will save lives and reduce road trauma.

The HVSI program is supported by the Federal Liberal and Nationals' Government working with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to deliver pragmatic results.

The announcement of Round 4 opening was made today by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack as part of a journey driving in a truck loaded with wool bales, delivered from regional Victoria into Melbourne.

Mr McCormack said $3.92 million is being invested into the HVSI program for projects which will identify risks and opportunities and to improve heavy vehicle safety throughout the nation.

The first two rounds saw $7.72 million invested in 18 projects and Round 3 was announced in August this year and delivered $3.89 million for 14 projects, selected from 38 applications.

“The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative is an important investment targeted at areas which can make a real difference when it comes to improving the safety of all road users,” Mr McCormack said.

“During 2017-18 there were 191 deaths involving heavy vehicles and buses across Australia which is unacceptable.

“Our aim is to reduce that number and while we accept there is still a long way to go to reach zero – particularly to reduce fatalities across rigid heavy vehicles—we are getting on with the job through programs such as the HVSI, which will make a real difference.

“In opening Round 4 of the HVSI, we're inviting submissions on proposals which can drive real and meaningful change and can influence the way people view safety and behave on our roads.

“This may be a project utilising modern technologies, an education or awareness campaign, or the production of materials which increase safety awareness and compliance.

“This is an opportunity for all of our thought leaders and industry leaders and anyone else with initiative to submit their thoughts and ideas.”

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program provided an opportunity for the Regulator to work with other safety-focused groups towards a common goal.

“This program encourages a diverse stakeholder group to collaborate to create workable solutions to make our roads safer,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“We don't pretend to have all the answers, which is why we are asking groups to harness their collective knowledge to develop implementable, value-for-money projects.

“Funding from the first three rounds of the HVSI Program is supporting a wide range of projects across the country, with $11.61 million so far invested in 33 projects.”

Applications for Round 4 funding are open until 22 February 2019.

Projects must be implementable, able to be commenced in the 2019–20 financial year and must be completed by 30 June 2022.

For more information or the submission guidelines visit www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi.